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UAE hosted Syrian businessman on US sanctions list

Jan. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker who has been on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, UAE state media reported Tuesday. The meeting marked the latest manifestation of a changing regional...

Islamic State group targets US convoy in northeastern Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration that the...

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about...

Germany bans Iran's Mahan Air amid security concerns

Jan. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has banned Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline's involvement in Syria, officials said Monday. Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territories....

The Latest: EU slaps sanctions on more Syrian businessmen

Jan. 21, 2019 7:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The European Union is adding 11 businessmen and five companies to its list of Syrians under sanctions for backing President Bashar Assad's government. EU foreign ministers imposed travel bans and asset freezes on them, saying...

Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees' return

Jan. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session that...

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Jan. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit...

EU cool on Arab League summit over Syria, Saudi concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A month after European Union leaders prepared for a summit with Arab League nations, enthusiasm for the Feb. 24-25 meeting in Egypt is waning. EU diplomats expressed concern Friday that Syria could be invited back into the Arab League soon, and say that European leaders would be unwilling...

Belarusian model who claimed Trump info arrested in Moscow

Jan. 17, 2019 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Moscow on Thursday following deportation from Thailand. Moscow police said in a statement carried by Russian...

New Israeli military chief pledges to lead 'innovative' army

Jan. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi's inauguration comes shortly after the military's announcement that it has successfully...